David Benyamine: Player Profile

Through the years, David Benyamine has demonstrated that he is one of the most dangerous players in poker. Whether Benyamine is playing at a tournament or a cash game, he shows that he has the skills to outlast his opponents. His competitive spirit and inner drive propel him to poker greatness. Read on to know more about one of the top poker players in the world!

David Benyamine’s Beginnings in Poker

Benyamine was born in 1972 in Paris. In his early adulthood, Benyamine was a world-class tennis player and talented billiards player. He first learned how to play poker when he was 12-years-old, but he didn’t take it seriously until a severe back injury forced him away from the tennis courts.

Benyamine first started playing poker competitively when a friend who worked at the Aviation Club de France brought him along to play. He started with low-limit games and slowly built up his bankroll. He gradually developed into a skilled player and was regarded as one of the most dangerous high-stakes cash game players in Europe. He racked up several big wins when he toured the European Poker circuit. His other huge wins came from international high-stakes cash games.

Professional Poker Career of David Benyamine

Benyamine’s big break came in the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris held at the Aviation Club, during the second season of the World Poker Tour. He won a total of US$430,969. His second big finish was at another final table of the WPT at the L.A. Poker Classic where he finished in 6th place for US$94,540.

Benyamine continued to impress poker fans and players the following years. In 2008, he worked his way to the top of the Bellagio Cup IV during season 7 of the WPT for US$840,295.

Benyamine also won the WPT Battle of Champions II invitational event. At the final table, he defeated great poker pros like Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Mel Judah, and Hoyt Corkins.

Benyamine won his first World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2008 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split. His top finish earned him US$535,687.

David Benyamine and Online Poker

Benyamine has shown his prowess at live tables, but he is also known for great performances at top online poker websites. On his website, Barry Greenstein tells a story of Benyamine playing for two and a half days straight. Benyamine was playing in the Big Game and was down over a million dollars because of some reckless play. To make up for his losses, Benyamine played for around 60 hours and ended up breaking even.

Even if Benyamine is primarily a cash game player, he also plays high-stakes online poker under Full Tilt. He also has other online poker aliases, like "magicpitch1", "ballsrider", "looseslots" and "davidbenyamine2". He is said to play the best at $200 to $400 Pot Limit Omaha sessions.

David Benyamine Trivia

Here are some things about David Benyamine that you may not know about:

  • Benyamine is engaged to professional poker and blackjack player Erica Schoenberg.
  • According to some rumours, Benyamine was once stopped at the US airport because his name is similar to that of a suspected terrorist – and it didn’t really help that he was carrying US$25,000 in cash for a poker tournament.
  • There is also an unconfirmed rumour that Benyamine owed poker pro Patrik Antonius millions of dollars at one time.

David Benyamine’s Style of Play

When it comes to David Benyamine’s style of play, here is a game analysis by Barry Greenstein:

  • Aggressiveness: 7
  • Looseness: 8
  • Short-handed: 8
  • Limit: 7
  • No-limit: 7
  • Tournaments: 7
  • Side games: 8
  • Steam control: 3
  • Against weak players: 7
  • Against strong players: 8

According to Greenstein’s analysis, Benyamine is both loose and aggressive at the tables. He is also good at both limit and no-limit games.

David Benyamine Winnings

To answer the question "how much is David Benyamine worth?", the Hendon Mob Poker Database estimates that he has US$7,258,478 in total live winnings. US$1,255,644 comes from games played in Europe, US$4,702,806 comes from games played in the Americas, and $1,236,277 comes from games played in Oceania. These figures don't include his winnings from games at online poker sites. The exact value of David Benyamine net worth has not been revealed.

Benyamine has a total of 68 cashes from live casino games. He is currently in 2nd place on the France All Time Money List. He is also in 77th place on the All Time Money List.

1) World Series of Poker

David Benyamine has had great runs at the WSOP. His total winnings are estimated at US$2,239,249. He has one WSOP bracelet. He has 31 cashes, and has made it to the final table ten times.

2) World Poker Tour

For the WPT, Benyamine tallies a total of US$1,907,082 in winnings. He has one championship title to his name. He has 11 cashes, and has made it to the final table four times.

3) European Poker Tour

Benyamine has a total of US$272,497 from participating in EPT games and tournaments. He has yet to reach a championship title.

Notable Career Highlights

Here are some of best finishes in David Benyamine’s poker career. The information in the table below is taken from cardplayer.com.

DateEventBuy-in (in USD)PlaceWinnings (in USD)
Jan 26, '11
$250,000 Super High Roller
at the 2011 Aussie Millions
Jul 17, '08
No-Limit Hold'em WPT Championship Event
at the 2008 Bellagio Cup IV (WPT)
Jun 21, '08
Event 37 - World Championship Omaha High-Low Split 8 or Better
at the 2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
Jul 04, '13
Event 55 - The $50,000 Poker Players Championship
at the 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker
Jul 13, '08
No-Limit Hold'em Championship
at the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris
Feb 18, '10
Final Table
at the 2010 PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker IV
Apr 24, '10
WPT No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
at the 2010 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT)
Jun 16, '08
Event 28 - Pot-Limit Omaha with Rebuys
at the 2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
Jan 22, '11
Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge
at the 2011 Aussie Millions
Nov 06, '10
$10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event
at the 2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker
Feb 24, '04
No-Limit Hold'em Championship
at the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic (WPT)
Oct 06, '08
High Roller Showdown - Event 7
at the 2008 PokerStars.com EPT London - Season V
Sep 09, '12
Pot-Limit Omaha Triple Chance
at the 2012 WPT Grand Prix de Paris
Jun 20, '11
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Low Split Championship
at the 2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker
Aug 20, '10
Event 2 - No-Limit Hold'em High Roller
at the 2010 2nd Annual Full Tilt Cyprus Classic
Mar 06, '11
2011 NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship
Mar 02, '08
NBC Heads-Up Championship Event
at the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship
Jan 16, '11
Event 48 - No-Limit Turbo Six Max High Roller
at the 2011 PokerStars.com EPT Caribbean Adventure - Season VII
Oct 05, '08
EPT Main Event
at the 2008 PokerStars.com EPT London - Season V
Jun 11, '08
Event 18 - No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/ Rebuys
at the 2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
Jun 30, '13
Event 52 - $25,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
at the 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker